• Building Wine Cellar Walls

    When it comes to building a wine cellar there are basically two choices. You can either repurpose an existing room or section off some space inside of it....


  • Wine Cellar Ceilings and Lighting

    Now that you’ve built your beautiful walls, don’t neglect your ceiling! It requires the same treatment that you walls did. Installing a vapor barrier...


  • Wine Cellar Flooring

    A cellar can get by just fine with the unfinished cement floor, especially if you’re in a very well drained area. My cellar floor is laid over very thin...


  • Weekly Wine News Roundup

    News from the world of wine for the week beginning August 23, 2010.


  • John Gilman on Ch. Magdelaine

    Château Magdelaine is quite simply my very favorite estate in all of St. Emilion, and probably would rank in my top five producers from the entire Bordeaux...


  • Best in the Midwest

    They'll come from St. Louis and Smithville and Manhattan, Kansas, bearing bitters and shakers and, in at least one case, cucumber-skin-laced melon balls on...


  • Kunde Family Estate

    California, and especially the Bay Area, has a long, glorious history of family-run wineries. There's a lot of history laying around the region but with so...


  • Soaking In It

    Let's take "Things that can be improved by adding bourbon" for $200. We'll accept "water." Or ice. Chocolate cake. Dinner with the the in-laws. Lemonade....


  • Cellar Temperature and Corks

    Now, let’s go back and talk a bit more about those corks and the effect rapid swings in temperature can have on them. Corks work as seals in the bottle...


  • Cellar Temperature

    Last week I began to take a look at cellar conditions -- the good, the bad, and the misinformed. I had written that article to include all the variables but...


  • The California Wine Club - On Sale

    We’ve been impressed with the selections offered by The California Wine Club in the past, but with their amazing offer of $1 shipping on every case or...


  • The Rise of Oregon Riesling

    After wrapping up my time at the International Pinot Noir Celebration, I made my way over to Nick’s in McMinnville, a real wine country institution whose...


  • Sour Notes

    Meet the sour family. First defined by Jerry Thomas in his 1862 classic How to Mix Drinks, this rowdy crowd of mixed drinks takes lemon or lime juice and...


  • The Grapes of St. Emilion

    The Right Bank commune of St. Emilion is home to two of the wine world’s most dramatic red wine grapes, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. While winemakers in St....


  • Weekly Wine News Roundup

    News from the world of wine for the week beginning August 16, 2010.


  • Texas Spirit

    Later, there would be a booming distillery. There would be artesian springs and copper stills and 11 employees, all cranking out luxury vodka, right there in...


  • White Bordeaux

    Now, granted, white Bordeaux may not be everyone’s first thought for a summer wine, but it certainly should be. It's great as a summer refresher, and with...


  • What Makes a Great Cellar

    As I’ve been discussing some of the basics of wine over the past several months, people have asked me a general set of questions regarding my wine cellar...


  • Great Whites of Sonoma

    While Sonoma is well known for red wines -- just think of all the Dry Creek Zinfandels, Alexander Valley Cabernets, and Russian River Pinots that we’ve...


  • Discover St. Emilion

    The beautiful, ancient walled town of Saint-Emilion is one of Bordeaux’s most cherished historical treasures and home to some of its greatest estates. The...


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